The female R&B quartet For Real formed in 1993, releasing their first album, It's a Natural Thang, that held 3 singles, their 2nd album, Free, was released later on and held 2 singles "Like I Do", and "The Saddest Song I Ever Heard".
Almost since its formation in 1993, the four female members of the R&B group For Real were caught up in a whirlwind of activity. After the release of It's a Natural Thang, its debut album, the group went on to a variety of interesting projects.
The women have appeared in Italian Vogue, in whose pages they modeled men's suits; they've gone on tour alongside Stevie Wonder; they've lent their voices to a Martin Scorsese project, the film Grace of My Heart; and they also became actresses for a time, with appearances in "Shake Rattle and Rock!" on Showtime.
The quartet also have songs on soundtracks for the films "Fled" and "Waiting to Exhale." The group's 1994 debut album, It's a Natural Thang, released by A&M, was a critical success. Its second offering, Free, was released in 1996 by Rowdy and spans the sounds of three decades, from the 1960s through the 1990s.
"Like I Do," the album's first single, came about through the efforts of the group's producer, Dallas Austin. The concept he put forth was that of a black-and-white, 1960s television program, where the women wore miniskirts and Afros. The quartet is composed of Josina Elder, La Tanyia Baldwin, Necia Bray and Wendi Williams. They spent the early years, before they had a record contract, rehearsing in a Los Angeles garage, going to school and holding down a variety of jobs.
Lady Of Soul Awards:
1998 - Album Of The Year (By A Group, Band Or Duo) "Free"